All four teams still in hunt for Europa League final in Turin
Europa League favourites Juventus (5/4) host Benfica (11/4) needing a win to progress to the final in Turin, while Sevilla (5/2) are in a great position of qualifying as they hold a 2-0 lead on their short trip to fellow Spaniards Valencia (14/1).
Juventus v Benfica
Italian giants Juventus, who have all but secured the Serie A title, face Portuguese Champions Benfica and, despite being 2-1 behind, they are in a good position to make the final after Carlos Tevez’s crucial away goal.
The Argentine’s first strike in Europe since 2009 couldn’t have come at a better time for Juve in their defeat, and as a result are odds-on favourites both to win the tie at 8/11, and the match at 4/7.
Tevez also scored in the league in the weekend before, so back the former Premier League star at 5/4 to net again at anytime against last year’s losing finalists.
Beating Benfica will be a tough task, however, as the Portuguese side boast a convincing winning record against their opponents. In their five head-to-heads, Juve have lost four of them, and the away side are 9/2 shots for victory again, and 11/10 to qualify for the final.
Jorge Jesus’ men are aiming for a remarkable quadruple this season, as they face Rio Ave in both domestic cup competitions in the coming weeks. Back the club’s season leading marksman Rodrigo Lima, who got the winner in Lisbon, to get a goal anytime at 11/4, or score last again at 8/1.
Valencia v Sevilla
The Spanish duo battle each other for the fourth time this season, and both have a victory each. However, it is away side Sevilla who take a 2-0 advantage to Valencia in this second leg.
But before punters write off Los Che’s chances, they should be reminded that Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men overcame a 3-0 first leg defeat to Basel, to come out 5-3 victors on aggregate, after extra time.
Sevilla are the obvious favourites to reach the final, and are odds-on at 1/6 to do so, but Valencia’s price of 4/1 is the more enticing and very possible. The latter are the best bet to win on the night at 13/10, with the former 21/10 shots.
Valencia’s competition top scorer Paco Alacer is suspended for this match, making their task all the more difficult, so their hopes will rely on Jonas instead. The Brazilian has yet to net in the Europa League in seven attempts this season, but is favourite for his side to get a goal anytime at 13/8.
Colombian Carlos Bacca, who scored in the first leg, and Kevin Gameiro are the best shouts for Sevilla to be on target. They are priced at 2/1 and 7/4 respectively to net anytime.